Ethiopia, Saudi vow to heighten bilateral relations

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia have expressed keen interest to further their multifaceted relations and cooperation.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted an event in connection with the country’s 89th National Day anniversary on Monday.

During his remark at the event, Middle East Affairs Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Tebeje Berhe said that Ethiopia is desirous to boost its relations with the Kingdom in social, economic and political spheres.

The Director General indicated that the Ethio-Saudi bilateral relations are being consolidated and the visits of high-ranking government officials have paved the way for further cooperation.

Noting that Saudi Arabia has remained one of the leading foreign investors in Ethiopia, Ambassador Tebeje said that the Kingdom is also Ethiopia’s strong development ally by providing significant support for the execution of various projects. He further urged Saudi businesses to come and invest in Ethiopia.

The Director General stressed on the two countries’ cooperation in ensuring peace and stability in East Africa and the Middle East.

The Government of Ethiopia also acknowledges efforts Saudi Arabia has made to ensure the rights and benefits of Ethiopian citizens who live and work in the Kingdom, Ambassador Tebeje remarked.

Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Sami Jamil Abdullah said on his part that the two countries long-lasting tie is growing from time to time and the economic and investment partnership has also been invigorating.

He applauded the progress in Ethio-Saudi relations, which come within a strategic framework to elevate the existing bilateral ties at all political, economic and security levels, in light of regional developments and issues of mutual interest.

Ambassador Sami further stated that the coming days would witness visits of high-level Saudi political delegations to Ethiopia to coordinate positions on issues of common interest.

“Saudi trade delegations and business forums would also take place here in a view to enhancing economic, trade and investment relations of the two countries.”

Saudi Arabia is among the first Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Ethiopia and opened its embassy in Addis Ababa in 1948.

The Ethiopian Herald October 3, 2019

 BY BILAL DERSO

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